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Subaru Outback Limited: I have a '99 Outback with headlight

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I have a '99 Outback with headlight issues. A few months ago all the front lights starting cutting out, totally randomly & unpredictably (no bump or bounce). All outside front lights, including markers, hi & lo beams along with all instrument lights go dark. Back lights, tail & turn still work. The problem usually self corrects in a minute or two, but may return any time. I have been driving only during the day & checking frequently. "Off" time seems to be increasing while 'on" time decreases. On advice of a mechanic, I bought one factory relay & have recently used it to replace the two originals one @ a time with no effect. There is power to the relays, but I understand that switching is through the ground side.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  tamaz replied 2 years ago.
Hi ,have you given any consideration to the headlight switch as the cause ? looking at my wiring diagram it seems all lights and dash illumination is controlled here
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have been hoping for a less expensive solution, but not having luck testing other possibilities. Also, not much help from the manual I have. The tail lights have now stopped working as well & all fuses are good. This leads me even more to the steering column multi-switch. Will remove cover over the multi- switch & hope I can ID the appropriate wires & bypass the switch with a jumper.
Expert:  tamaz replied 2 years ago.
Ok ,let me know how you make out.